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« Reply #15 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 6:28pm »

Summer In The City - original: Lovin' Spoonful; many covers have been made but the one that imho absolutely outrules the original is by Quincy Jones. cool

A Groovy Kind Of Love - original: The Mindbenders, cover: Phil Collins
Apparently more versions exist, I only know these two and Phil's version does the song so much more justice.
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« Reply #16 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 6:42pm »

Phil's A Groovy Kind Of Love would be in my top 10 covers. I love it.

Glenn Frey's Same Girl in my view surpasses Randy Newman's, and I prefer his version of Caroline, No, to the Beach Boys original, but I am very biased.

Bryan Ferry's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall leaves Dylan's in the dust, as does Hendrix' All Along The Wachtower & most of the Byrds Dylan covers as already mentioned. I have to say I'm not so sure about Phil's The Times They Are A-Changing yet, though it's interesting.

Michael Jackson's Girlfriend is better than Paul McCartney's original (it isn't much of a song, it must be said).

REM's Love Is All Around, not the Troggs (don't even mention Wet Wet Wet).
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 27th, 2016, 04:09am »

I'm very fond of Phil Collins' version of "Tomorrow Never Knows"
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 27th, 2016, 6:02pm »

on Jul 27th, 2016, 04:09am, Merryman72 wrote:
I'm very fond of Phil Collins' version of "Tomorrow Never Knows"


I don't mind it but the original is on my favourite album of all time, so I can't rate Phil's version higher.

He did a great job with Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight though.
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« Reply #19 on: Jul 28th, 2016, 05:38am »

Probably get shouted down but I like John Farnham's version of Help....
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« Reply #20 on: Jul 28th, 2016, 5:11pm »

on Jul 28th, 2016, 05:38am, Yild4Genesis wrote:
Probably get shouted down but I like John Farnham's version of Help....


I'll restrain myself. huh

I once saw him do Women In Uniform on Hey Hey It's Saturday with some of the members of Skyhooks. It's the only time he ever rocked, properly, in my view.

While I think for the most part the Beatles versions of their own songs can't be bettered, Jimi Hendrix did a good version of Day Tripper.

Don Henley did a good version of Leonard Cohen's Everybody Knows.
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« Reply #21 on: Aug 6th, 2016, 4:39pm »

The Carpenters - Ticket To Ride, easily better in my view, though the original Beatles version isn't bad either.
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« Reply #22 on: Aug 21st, 2016, 5:23pm »

I just heard Mike + the Mechanics version of Revolution for the first time & think it's excellent, given the original is one of my favourite songs.
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« Reply #23 on: Aug 24th, 2016, 9:37pm »

on Jul 26th, 2016, 03:40am, Yild4Genesis wrote:
So your saying Blinded By The Light by Manfred Mann is not as good as the Springsteen original?
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on Jul 26th, 2016, 05:41am, slowdancer wrote:
and:
Manfred Mann`s Earth Band - Spirits In The Night
Manfred Mann`s Earth Band - For You

like Blinded all from Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

Hmm...

So, are you folks suggesting that the Manfred Mann versions are all better than the originals?

From a production point of view, the Manfred Mann versions are arguably a bit more refined. But I'd say that the Springsteen originals are far and away more definitive and honest performances compared to the Manfred Mann's overt commercialized treatments. In particular, the Manfred Mann cover of "Blinded By The Light", though more radio friendly, is embarrassingly silly with its lyric changes.

And just to be clear, although I'm a fan of Manfred Mann, and the fact that I actually do like those covers, they certainly don't overrule the originals.

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« Reply #24 on: Aug 24th, 2016, 9:53pm »

on Aug 6th, 2016, 4:39pm, Chessman wrote:
The Carpenters - Ticket To Ride, easily better in my view, though the original Beatles version isn't bad either.



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« Reply #25 on: Aug 24th, 2016, 10:01pm »

on Jul 26th, 2016, 3:30pm, Dr. John wrote:
Johnny Cash's version of Hurt is pretty extraordinary. I love the Nine Inch Nails original, which is still my favourite. But Cash gives it a world-weariness and gravitas that is incredibly poignant.

Yes...

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper (original by Robert Hazard

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« Reply #26 on: Aug 24th, 2016, 11:10pm »

A couple of considerations....

"Hard To Handle" - The Black Crowes

For some reason, I've always liked this song/version...not realizing it was a cover. And despite being a big fan of Otis Redding, I did not know that he wrote and recorded the original. Redding's is certainly the better version, but The Black Crowes really do a great job with it.

"God Only Knows"...

Probably in my top three favorite songs of all time, and I couldn't ever imagine a version bettering the original by The Beach Boys. Every time I've heard a cover it was in some way either less than inspiring, a poor imitation, or simply not that interesting. Most seem to be just attempts to recreate the original but falling way short.

Back in 2003 one of my all time favorite artists, Canadian jazz/pop singer Holly Cole, covered "God Only Knows" on her album Shade. Before I listed to it I was anticipating that sense of disappointment. But when I finally listened to it I was absolutely floored by her interpretation. She was able to maintain the essence of the original, but miraculously made it her own. Not an imitation, but a genuinely inspired performance that is uniquely hers. Does it better the original? Well, no. But, IMO, it is it's equal.


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« Reply #27 on: Aug 25th, 2016, 11:34am »

Thanks for reminding me about Holly Cole. I prefer the Beach Boys' version of God Only Knows over hers, although her rendering is great. But her covers of Calling You and I Can See Clearly Now beat the originals for me. I also love all her Tom Waits covers, particularly The Briar and the Rose, but I equally love his own gravely takes.
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« Reply #28 on: Aug 25th, 2016, 1:34pm »

Rod Stewart's version of Downtown Train is sublime, I know it as a Tom Waits song (apologies if that's another cover).
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« Reply #29 on: Aug 25th, 2016, 2:11pm »

on Aug 25th, 2016, 11:34am, Dr. John wrote:
Thanks for reminding me about Holly Cole. I prefer the Beach Boys' version of God Only Knows over hers, although her rendering is great. But her covers of Calling You and I Can See Clearly Now beat the originals for me. I also love all her Tom Waits covers, particularly The Briar and the Rose, but I equally love his own gravely takes.

Yeah, the Temptation album is amazing, and her version of " I Can See Clearly Now" is practically definitive.
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